GS3 KEYNOTE: Viewing Workplace Technology Through a New Lens
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Friday, October 31
Technology has an image problem. Women are consuming technology but not creating it. Women are leaving the technology sector at twice the rate of men. The number of young women studying technology related subjects has declined every year for the past 10 years. This is increasingly weakening the effectiveness of organizations and workplace learning teams.
In this timely keynote, Belinda Parmar will explore the societal influences that function as blinders to how girls and young women look at technology. She will explore the expectations that are coded into our perceptions as children and how they shape young women’s assumptions of what “working with tech” means, discuss the importance of technology in the context of work, and examine the types of technology skills that are critical in tomorrow’s workplace.
Little Miss Geek
Belinda Parmar is the founder of social enterprise Little Miss Geek and the CEO of the award-winning creative agency Lady Geek. Ms. Parmar has been chosen as a Young Global Leader 2014 by the World Economic Forum and sits on the advisory board for the UK government’s “Your Life” campaign, which aims to encourage women to become technology pioneers. Ms. Parmar is also the author of Little Miss Geek and The Empathy Era. She regularly appears on BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, and Woman’s Hour, and has been voted one of the most innovative women to follow on Twitter. She also writes for The Guardian.